Jack Templar and the Monster Hunter Academy (Book 2)
After barely surviving the onslaught of monsters that tried to kill him the day before his fourteenth
birthday, Jack Templar leaves his hometown on a quest to rescue his father and discover the truth
about his past. Joined by his friends Will and T-Rex, and led by Eva, the mysterious one-handed monster
hunter, Jack sets out for the Monster Hunter Academy where he hopes to find answers to his questions.
Little does he suspect that the Academy is filled with dangers of its own, many of them more terrifying
than anything he’s faced so far.
Jack Templar: Monster Hunter
Orphan Jack Templar has no memory of his parents and only the smallest details from his Aunt Sophie
about how they died. The day before Jack’s fourteenth birthday, things start to change for him. At first
it’s great: A sudden new strength helps him defend his nose-picking friend “T-Rex” from the school bully,
and even his crush, Cindy Adams, takes notice. But then a mysterious girl named Eva arrives and tells
him two facts that will change his life forever. First, that he’s the descendent of a long line of monster
hunters and he’s destined to be in the family business. Second, that there’s a truce between man and
monster that children are off-limits…until their fourteenth birthday! Jack has only one day before
hundreds of monsters will descend on his little town of Sunnyvale and try to kill him.
As if that weren’t enough, things get even more complicated when Jack discovers that the Lord of
the Creach (as the monsters are collectively known) holds a personal grudge against him and will do
anything to see that Jack has a slow and painful death. To stay alive and save his friends, Jack will have
to battle werewolves, vampires, harpies, trolls, zombies and more. But perhaps the most dangerous
thing he must face is the truth about his past. Why do the other hunters call him the last Templar? Why
do they whisper that he may be the “One?” Why do the monsters want him dead so badly? Even as
these questions plague him, he quickly discovers survival is his new full-time job and that in the world of
monster hunters, nothing is really what it seems.
Jack Templar Monster Hunter was chosen as a Book of the Year Finalist by Foreword Reviews.
Praise for Book One: Jack Templar
“Gunhus brings young readers a
monster-filled romp to read at their own risk. In the first few pages, Jack, the storyteller and
main character, warns readers not to read about these real-world monsters that would seem to only
exist in fiction. The tone is set–sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek and likable; rooting for Jack is easy…Gunhus
masterfully introduces fully realized characters with whom readers can connect almost instantly. The
pacing is quick but not rushed, and events seamlessly progress, complete with action, cliff-hangers and
surprise reveals. ” – Kirkus Reviews
“The action starts right from the first
chapter and doesn’t let up until the book ends. This is the first book in a series, and I look
forward to reading the rest of them.” -The DMS
paced fantasy. I even wanted to bolt my doors and lock my windows! Five stars for the best
book of the year.” -Elizabeth A. Bolt
something a reader could love – action, adventure, mythical creatures, mystery and even a touch of
romance. Not bad for fourteen-year-old Jack Templar. There were so many messages to take
from this book – messages of love, self-sacrifice, faith and and having the belief that you can be so much
more than you are if you just believed. The words poured from the page and I just couldn’t help lapping
them up.” -Sandy @ Magical Manuscripts
“This was fun read with non-stop
adventure. Reminiscent of Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, Gunhus creates an interesting
world and characters that are easy to root for. Very good pace, lots of fun and a solid start. Already
anticipating the next story!” -M. Profant
Author Jeff Gunhus
Jeff Gunhus grew up in Cyprus, Greece, and Saudi Arabia where there was a distinct lack of television.
He quickly found books were the gateway to incredible adventures, fascinating characters and
unbelievable discoveries. Now, with five children of his own (all who watch too much television, in his
opinion), he has enjoyed revisiting his old books and reliving those adventures all over again.
Yeah, you read it right. I’m a monster hunter. Back before I actually became one, I would have
thought that sounded totally awesome. And don’t get me wrong, in a lot of ways it is. But most of the
time, I’m either running for my life or hiding in the shadows, praying the monster chasing me doesn’t
pick up my scent. And I’m almost always scared to death. In a few pages, I think you’ll see why.
But there are a few things I need to warn you about before I tell you my story.
First, this isn’t a cartoon. These are bloodthirsty creatures who will stop at
nothing to kill. They are scary. Very scary. Second, the only way to stop them is to kill them first…and
that gets gross and messy. Third, this is all real.
You think I’m kidding, don’t you? I can almost see you smirking as you read this.
But this isn’t a joke. Monsters are real and the story I’m about to tell you really happened. If you’d
rather walk through life believing that monsters are only found in books or on the movie screen, then
you should shut this book right now and go do something else.
I give you these warnings because the story I’m about to tell you isn’t for
everyone. Not everyone can handle it. The blood. The gore. The monsters.
This life was thrust onto me. I had no choice but to take up a sword and fight. But
you can still walk away and pretend this dark world doesn’t exist. Or you can walk through the door that
I’m about to open and find out the truth about the world around you.
But I warn you (and this is a big warning), if you read this book, if you learn about
the monsters that roam among us and the hunters who fight them, if you decide to learn the truth, then
you will become fair game for the monsters to chase.
Make sure you understand what I’m saying.
If you read this book, you will be part of this world and the monsters will come
after you too. You will start to see things that no other humans can see. The shadows will move when
you walk near them. The creatures of the night will seek you out, testing the doors and windows of your
house, looking for a way in.
And, at some point, they will find you, just like they found me, and you will be
forced to defend yourself.
So, think carefully before you turn the page, because once you do, there’s no
Once a monster hunter, always a monster hunter.
See you on the other side.
If you’re brave enough.
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